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*$%#@! Cursing Can Soothe Pain, Research Shows

The next time you let a string of expletives rip in front of a disapproving audience, try this excuse: Swearing, it seems, is actually a powerful painkiller.The finding, as the Los Angeles Times points out, isn’t exactly new; researchers fro…

The next time you let a string of expletives rip in front of a disapproving audience, try this excuse: Swearing, it seems, is actually a powerful painkiller.

The finding, as the Los Angeles Times points out, isn’t exactly new; researchers from Keele University in England first wrote about it in the journal NeuroReport in 2009.

In that study, 67 students were asked to hold their hands in a tub of cold water for as long as they could while repeatedly swearing, Scientific American reports. On average, they were able to last 40 seconds longer than when they repeated the exercise without swearing.

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